Upliftment of an Opperssed Woman to the State of Righteousness in Mahasweta Devi’s 'Rudali'
''The right to dream should be the first fundamental rights of the people''
In India, woman is regarded as a representation of Goddess yet she is exploited by the upper-classes. Mahasweta Devi’s Rudali is a testimony of the transformation of Sanichari and her empowerment. 'Rudali' is one of the touching stories that come from remote villages in Rajasthan. The novel depicts the hardships faced by Sanichari oppressed against poverty, humiliation and wrecked by an exploitative patriarchal caste-based social system. It also centers on two women who made a partnership for survival. Rudali represents the miserable condition of a low-caste starving family in post-colonial Indian society.. It highlights the miserable position of backward class women in rural India. Shanichari was compelled to go for the profession of a paid mourner (Rudali) because there was nobody to provide her with basic necessities of life. Sanichari’s ability to manipulate the patriarchal culture results in supporting herself and makes her a symbol of an identical individual.
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